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“Putting Our Properties on the Most Conservative and Scientific Basis”

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520200197.003.0014
“Putting Our Properties on the Most Conservative and Scientific Basis”

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This chapter studies the resource conservation efforts of the Southern Pacific. It starts with their early resource policies, before moving on to the company's influence on the development of forestry. The chapter looks at the management of national forests by the Southern Pacific while it developed its forestry program, and the differences between the company and federal foresters. The pine-bark-beetle campaign and modern fire-prevention are introduced. The chapter then shows the Southern Pacific as an environmental mediator and its involvement in many environmental and resource issues. Rangeland management and the formation of livestock drive-trails are also discussed. The chapter ends with a review of the evolution of the Southern Pacific in terms of corporate interests and the personal identification of the Southern Pacific officials with the broader public welfare of the regions where they lived.

Keywords: resource conservation; resource policy; national forest management; forestry program; federal foresters; fire-prevention; rangeland management

Chapter.  12852 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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